- Horst Leuchtmann
German family of musicians.
(b Krotoschin [now Krotoszyn, Poland], Sept 12, 1818; d Berlin, March 1, 1882). Pianist and teacher. Encouraged by Prince Radziwiłł he gave his first piano concert before the Prussian king in Berlin at the age of 11. In 1837, while reading medicine in Berlin, he studied music under W.J.A. Agthe, E.E. Taubert and Siegfried Dehn. In 1843 he completed his musical education in Vienna under Czerny, Sechter and Nicolai; the following year he taught music to royalty and the aristocracy in Berlin and in 1846 was appointed pianist to the Prussian court. Together with Stern and Marx, he founded the conservatory (later known as the Stern Conservatory) in Berlin. He withdrew from the direction of this enterprise in 1855 (to be succeeded by Bülow) and founded the Neue Akademie der Tonkunst, which specialized in the training of pianists and soon became the largest private institute for musical education in Germany; towards the end of Kullak's life it numbered 100 teachers and ...